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New networking opportunity for all

15 Oct 2013

New networking opportunities are on the horizon in Southbank as the Yarra River Business Association (YRBA), in conjunction with the ‘Southbank Local News’, launch the first of its quarterly networking lunches in November.

Usually the domain of the business-minded, these events are encouraging corporates and residents alike to network with people from the local area and make new connections.

The first event will be held at Rivers Edge at WTC Wharf on North Wharf.

The lunch is $60 a head for residents and YRBA members and $75 for non-members.

The menu will include a two-course meal, canapes and beer, wine and coffee.

The first lunch will also include a short presentation about the plans for Chinese New Year celebrations along the Yarra.

The obvious positives for businesses will be coupled with the chance to get to know exactly what's going on here in Southbank.

These lunches also present a terrific chance to get to know the hundreds of different types of businesses right here in our region.

In a bonus for businesses wanting to come along, any business who joins the YRBA on the day will enjoy the luncheon for free.

YRBA executive officer Tim Bracher said the lunches presented all locals, business or residential, a fantastic opportunity to keep up to date with the happenings of the region.

“It also helps the association to extend its reach more deeply into the precinct and to provide a forum to discuss new ideas, opportunities and to hear what other people are doing,” Mr Bracher said.

“The luncheons will be a high quality two course meal, with canapes, drinks and coffee. They will be informal gatherings, with limited speeches and maximum time to mix and share information,” he added.

Mr Bracher said the YRBA hoped the event would build into a must-attend for all community-minded locals.

“We’d love to see residents as well as business people attending because the interaction between the two groups is very beneficial. It will be a really fun, good-value event, which no business in the precinct can afford to miss.”

“A lot of our Southbank residents are retired or semi-retired business people, so they may also appreciate an opportunity to become plugged-into what is happening now in the commercial sphere,” Mr Bracher added.

"We feel that the business and residential community of the precinct needs a regular informal get-together and a Friday lunch is a traditional time to renew business ties and to make new contacts."

"We know that if they attend once, they will be keen to be a regular guest!"

The first of the networking lunches is on November 15 at Rivers Edge, a function space at WTC Wharf on North Wharf.

Tickets can be purchased by heading to the YRBA's website www.yarrariver.info or by calling the executive officer on 0412 502 931.

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